Consuming coffee regularly might prevent weight gain and also increase resistance towards obesity-related diseases, says a new study led Yongjie Ma from the University of Georgia. Researchers conducted a study over mice and found that chlorogenic acid ( CGA), a compound found in coffee, significantly reduced accumulation of fat in the liver and insulin resistance in mice who were fed high-fat diet.
CGA is a powerful antioxidant that helps in reducing weight and prevent against several obesity-related diseases including diabetes, said Yongjie. Obesity affects a person in many ways including increased resistance against insulin and fat accumulation in the liver. CGA targets all these diseases.
For the research, a group of mice were fed with fat-rich diet for 15 weeks continuously. Injections of CGA were given to mice twice a week although the quantity CGA was greater than in an average cup of coffee. What they found was mind boggling. CGA not only prevented weight gain but also against several diseases including maintaining normal blood sugar level and healthy level composition.
“We are not suggesting that people start drinking a lot of coffee to protect themselves from an unhealthy lifestyle,” Ma stressed. “But we do think that we might be able to create a useful therapeutic using CGA that will help those at risk for obesity-related disease as they make positive lifestyle changes.”
Few days earlier researchers revealed that consuming decaffeinated coffee could help in preventing against Type 2 diabetes. It seems that the coffee has lot of hidden treasures within that was unknown until now. Researchers are now figuring out several other therapeutic benefits of coffee.
The study was published in the journal Pharmaceutical Research.